Senator Brian O Domhnaill has reacted to claims that he has paid back €3,434 to the Oireachtas for wrongly-claimed expenses.The Fianna Fail politician issued a statement this afternoon on the matter.The Gortahork public representative said the Vouched Public Representation allowance payments which he received from the Oireachtas for 2012 were “absolutely and entirely” for expenditure incurred in the carrying out of my duties to the best of my ability. The Fianna Fail politician is already being investigated by the Standards in Public Office Commission for alleged duplication of expenses claims.A total of five members of the Oireachtas repaid €4,992 in claims after the audit, which was carried out by Mazars.Fianna Fáil Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill, who was investigated by the commission over travel and subsistence claims made between 2006 and 2007 when he was a county councillor, accounted for €3,434 of the total.This is his statement in full. The Vouched Public Representation allowance payments which I received from the Oireachtas for 2012 were “absolutely and entirely” for expenditure incurred in the carrying out of my duties to the best of my ability.Since the introduction of Vouched allowance for TDs and Senators I have always opted for vouched expenses. My legitimate expenditure on constituency activities for 2012 was in excess of Eur 25,000. The Vouched allowance payment for Senators was Eur 15,000.I was advised by the houses of the Oireachtas In 2011 that expenditure which I had incurred was deemed eligible for Senators ie Constituency Offices costs etc.However, it has since been clarified as being deemed ineligible expenditure for allowance purposes for Senators. Therefore over Eur 13,000 of absolutely necessary expenditure in the fulfilling of my role has been deemed ineligible for the purposes of the Allowance.I also had incurred other eligible secretarial expenditure for the 2012 period which was an eligible allowable expense, however due to a lack of clarity I didn’t present those for claim purposes. If I had submitted those as part of my claim at the time no repayment on my part would have been due at all. However for the purposes of clarity I decided not to query the matter and instead immediately repaid the amount of Eur 3,434. This left an overall payment of Eur 11,566 allowance for 2012. My constituency expenditure for the period was approximately Eur 25,000 which was paid for exclusively by myself.It is worth pointing out that TDs are allowed to claim for all of the constituency expenses which I had incurred however Senators cannot claim for this expenditure.Because I am one of the only Irish Senators with a Full time constituency office my level of annual expenditure is much higher. I am happy to do this and will continue to do so in order to provide a dedicated and full time service to the people of Donegal.The reporting of any inaccurate claims is absolutely incorrect as no claims were made for this payment. The PRA is paid by the houses of the Oireachtas to each Senator and TD without the need for a claim having to be made. The only requirement is for a Senator or TD to specify as to whether or not the payment is to be vouched or unvouched. I have always opted for the vouched option.SENATOR O DOMHNAILL SAYS EXPENSES WERE USED TO CARRY OUT HIS DUTIES was last modified: December 20th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:expensesSENATOR BRIAN O DOMHNAILL
The cradle-to-cradle principles drive waste management around the world. According to the practice, landfills brimming with unrecycled rubbish are the least desirable outcome when it comes to getting rid of the world’s waste.Solid waste landfills are a potential danger to the environment, which municipalities mitigate by using a synthetic liner to isolate the refuse. Its purpose is to bury the refuse in such a way that it will be isolated from groundwater, will be kept dry and will not be in contact with air.Under these conditions, refuse does not decompose much. The landfills also contain waste that could have been recycled, with the amount of such waste varying from country to country. And as the world’s population expands and consumerism grows, more and more landfills have to be created. Land used for solid waste that is recyclable is land wasted – it could have been used for agriculture or housing, for example.But much solid waste can be recycled, such as paper. Paper recycling follows a set process:Paper is collected for recycling from industry, schools, homes and offices, from across the country.The collected waste paper goes to a recycling plant, where it is tipped into a vat and mixed with water and chemicals that turn into a slush.The slush is cleaned several times to remove items like staples, thread and grit.A machine removes printer’s ink from the slush using water and soap – the soap makes bubbles that lift out the ink.After the slush has been cleaned three more times, it is bleached and cleaned yet again.From the recycling plant it goes to the machine that makes new paper.Many South African newspapers are printed on paper that contains 25% recycled paper pulp.● Sources: Enviropaedia, Mpact Paper Pickup, and Bureau of International Recycling
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseThe public got to weigh in with thoughts on the proposed Watersheds in Distress designation on Nov. 20. There were a number of concerns raised in the comments including the costs of the designation, the challenging logistics, the legalities, and a lack of practicality of implementation. In addition, a number of residents from the Grand Lake St. Marys Watershed expressed concern about a provision standardizing rules in Ohio’s distressed watersheds.“As we’ve gone through the rule making process, we thought it would be best to standardize things. As it is right now, Grand Lake St. Marys has a calendar ban on manure application and the Western Lake Erie Basin has a frozen and snow covered ban in statute based on Senate Bill 1,” said Mark Bruce with the Ohio Department of Agriculture. “As part of the designation of the watersheds in distress, the [Kasich] Administration felt it was best to try and standardize that. Basically the proposed rules removed the date ban that was in effect for Grand Lake St, Marys to standardize all watersheds in distress. Some folks at Grand Lake St. Marys didn’t think that was a good idea and that is what they said. We listen to those and then a policy decision will be made whether to keep it as it is or change the rules.”Grand Lake St. Marys is currently the only distressed watershed in Ohio. It has been highlighted as a success story, and data was provided at the public comment meeting to demonstrate a clear move in a positive direction in the watershed since it was declared “distressed” back in 2011. The repeated concerns expressed by those who made statements on behalf of the success in the watershed revolved around the fact that the cooperative measures for Grand Lake St. Marys, including the date ban in place for manure application, should not be tampered with because they are working.Bruce said the public comment meeting was the next step in the ongoing rule making process that started this summer when Gov. John Kasich signed an executive order targeting eight sub-watersheds in the western basin of Lake Erie that will be considered for designation under state law as “Watersheds in Distress.”“This is the epitome of sausage making right now. We are going through the rulemaking and the drafting process and this is how it works. This was a public hearing on the proposed rule changes that will go before the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR) coming up in December. It was an opportunity for people to comment and share their thoughts on the rules that we have proposed,” Bruce said. “The Administration has requested that eight watersheds be declared as in distress. Along those lines we have also proposed changes to the rules that would govern how those watersheds in distress are governed. There were maybe two dozen folks who came and shared their opinions. We as a department will prepare a summary of what was said and decide if any more changes need to be made for the rules.“Our mission at the Ohio Department of Agriculture is to listen and get input. That is why we have public hearings, so everybody can come and share their thoughts from a whole different range of backgrounds. That is what you want so that we know the best way to make the rules and regulations that impact them.”At the December JCARR meeting, the legislative committee will decide whether or not to take action on the proposed rules.“After that, the next time the Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Commission (OSWCC) meets, they would be expected to likely take action on the actual designation, whether or not to declare the watersheds as distressed,” Bruce said. “The way the law is written currently, JCARR can let these rules go into place but the OSWCC also has to approve them before they can be final filed. If JCARR were to let these rules go into place, the OSWCC has two items to decide, whether or not to accept the rules and also whether or not to designate the watersheds as distressed.”
Playing the soft-Hindutva card, the Congress government in Madhya Pradesh has decided to create a separate department to woo Hindu voters, who are traditionally seen as the vote bank of the BJP, ahead of the crucial general election in 2019. The new Spiritual Department will be created by merging the Religious Trusts and Endowments Department and the Happiness Department, the two popular departments of the previous BJP government led by Shivraj Singh Chouhan that ruled the State for 15 years.The Directorate of Religious Trusts and Endowments, Pilgrimage and Fair Authority; Directorate of Mukhyamantri Teerth Darshan Yojana and the Rajya Anand Sansthan will also be included in the new department, an official said on Monday.Official sources said the main objective of the formation of the Spiritual Department is to strengthen inter-communal harmony in the State.The other objectives of the proposed department include proper conservation and development of religious places; scientific evaluation of places of worship; encourage religious tourism in coordination with the Tourism Department; arrangement of honorarium to priests; formation of welfare schemes, and revival of temple gardens in collaboration with the Department of Horticulture and temple tanks in collaboration with the Rural Development Department.‘Nothing wrong’Meanwhile, Union Minister and BJP leader Uma Bharti has said that there was nothing wrong in the Congress government forming the Spiritual Department, saying it was the prerogative of the incumbent government to take certain decisions.